Ali City documentary aired nationwide on PBS stations in honor of Black History Month; KET shares movie class schedule

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that the Louisville-produced documentary City of Ali will air nationwide on PBS stations in honor of Black History Month.

Since it first aired on January 16, 2022, City of Ali has aired or is expected to air nearly 400 times on PBS stations, in 135 U.S. markets, serving more than 80% of the U.S. population.

PBS’s flagship station, WGBH Boston, has selected City of Ali for broadcast on the World Channel, which is broadcast by more than 100 markets nationwide. On Monday, February 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET, City of Ali will air on PBS stations serving major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta and more.

In Louisville, City of Ali will air at that time on digital channel WKMJ 68.3. Since last month, Kentucky Educational Television (KET) has aired City of Ali five times on its network of statewide stations.

“We know The Champ’s legacy resonates with people across the country and beyond,” the mayor said. “It is very exciting that this film, which highlights Muhammad’s love for his hometown, resonates with people far beyond our city. His story of strength, compassion and humanitarianism is relevant and inspiring, and is particularly important as part of our celebration of Black History Month.

City of Ali is an 81-minute feature-length documentary that focuses on Ali’s local roots and global impact, as evidenced by the historic celebration of his life that took place in Louisville in the days following his passing. in June 2016. More than 100,000 people lined the city streets for Ali’s funeral procession, and an estimated one billion people worldwide watched his memorial service held at the KFC YUM! Center.

Produced by a partnership that includes Louisville Metro Government, Brown-Forman, the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Tourism, and California-based Song Stew Entertainment, City of Ali debuted at the Muhammad Ali Center and select theaters from June 2021. Overwhelmingly positive reviews earned the film an 89% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

In partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Metro Government and the creators of the City of Ali, Jefferson County Public Schools Anti-Racism Specialists Aven Cook and Rachel Klein created Honoring The Greatest Through City of Ali – A Comprehensive Curriculum Guide for Middle and High School Exploration, which includes lesson plans, writing and discussion prompts, and learning objectives tailored to specific Kentucky academic standards, all based on the film. The full guide is available for teachers as a free download at

Additionally, through a partnership with KET, select lessons from the Teacher’s Guide, along with clips from Ali’s City, are now available on the PBS Learning Media website, a popular resource for teachers. Clips and lessons can be found at

“It is a tremendous honor to have City of Ali air alongside the many inspiring, empowering and educational programs aired by PBS stations across the country,” said City of Ali producer Jonathan McHugh and director Graham Shelby. “As filmmakers telling a story we deeply believe in, we are so grateful to our partners at KET for their support and advocacy for Ali’s City and our educational mission.”

Watch the City of Ali trailer here:

In addition to airing nationally on PBS, City of Ali is also available on multiple streaming platforms. For more information, visit

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